Important Spanish Travel Vocabulary Words You Should Know

Have you considered traveling in Latin America? Here are some essential Spanish travel vocabulary words you should know!

Learn the Spanish verb viajar in all its tenses with this travel-themed lesson plan that features two assessment options suitable for novice and intermediate students – perfect as fast-finisher activity, sub plan or seatwork!


At most hotels outside of five-star international properties, local staff may speak very little or no English; thus it is vital that you learn a few essential words and phrases so your journey runs smoothly with no misunderstandings with locals.

Spanish is an accessible and straightforward language to learn, being one of the Romance languages with roots in Latin. Pronunciation of Spanish is quite straightforward across its many dialects: each letter is spoken identically across them all and there are no consonant clusters or diphthongs; its intonation differs significantly from English with falling tone for declarative sentences and wh-questions (who, what, why), while rising tone indicates questions.

Basic travel phrases to keep in your memory when traveling include por favor and hello in Spanish; learn your numbers so you can ask how far away something is; understand which direction something faces (a la derecha means right and a la izquierda left); as well as learning en una cuarta manzana which means within one block.


Spanish culture is a vibrant mix of traditions that has been shaped over centuries by an array of settlers who came to this land, becoming known for its exotic beaches, eye-catching architecture and historic towns – and for welcoming and friendly locals.

Spaniards tend to be very casual and adapt quickly to using first names with those they become close to once acquainted. Furthermore, their expressions and emotions tend to be more open than some cultures’; therefore it isn’t unusual for one of their citizens to show great emotional outbursts when in public places such as work or when discussing opinions with others.

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Spanish lifestyle revolves around food, family and friends. There is an immense love of tapas (small appetizers) shared before lunch or dinner: patatas bravas, aceitunas and croquetas are just some of the many delicious offerings on offer in Spain; in addition to its wine and gastronomy!

Families in Spain are deeply woven, and large extended family gatherings are an integral part of daily life. Siestas (short afternoon naps) remain highly popular, particularly among rural areas. Spain also boasts an energetic nightlife scene, with Spaniards staying out late enjoying music and drinks at bars and restaurants; proud to display their heritage during festivals and holidays with national costumes that boast this.

Travel Tips

Spain is a highly popular travel destination, boasting warm temperatures, breathtaking coastlines, vibrant cities and some of Europe’s liveliest spots. However, traveling here comes with some additional responsibilities, including adapting to Spanish culture and adhering to local customs and etiquette.

Spaniards are proud of their country and take great pleasure in celebrating its rich traditions and heritage. Visitors should expect to be treated with dignity when engaging with locals; dress appropriately and avoid using offensive language when communicating.

Before arriving in Spain, it is also beneficial to learn some words of Spanish; many Spaniards speak a regional dialect in addition to standard Spanish. Even learning just a few basic phrases will help make your trip more enjoyable; locals will likely appreciate your effort at learning their language – which should earn them goodwill from locals!

Navigating Spain can be easy if you have the right advice and tips, but it is crucial that your itinerary matches up with the dates of your travel. Summer temperatures in Spain’s interior can reach high temperatures; winter brings freezing temperatures and snowfall – the best time to visit Spain would be late spring or early autumn when temperatures remain mild.

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Travelers to Spain have their choice of accommodations ranging from shared houses and homestays to private apartments, from shared houses and homestays. Private apartments can provide more of a homelike environment right from the start; typically fully furnished and equipped. Shared houses provide great opportunities for students looking to make friends while building strong connections through language learning; they tend to be more affordable than hotels or hostels.

Hostels are an economical accommodation choice that many budget travellers choose when visiting Spain, both Hosteling International hostels and independent backpacker hostels (Albergues de Juventud in Spanish) offer cheap dormitory-style beds. Hostels provide a good opportunity to meet other travellers while meeting potential block-booking school/youth groups during summer nights.

Cities offer an abundance of hotel choices, from luxury and boutique properties to hostels and motels. Most are rated with stars; these don’t necessarily reflect quality or price. Hotel staff may speak little English, so learning some basic Spanish phrases will come in handy when making reservations for rooms. Check out our list of Spanish travel vocabulary to help make this easier for you!

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